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“Chanting at dawn awakens the soul” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Fo Guang Shan Monastery
No.153, Xingtian Rd.,Dashu Dist., Kaohsiung 84010, Taiwan
07-6561921-8
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“Chanting at dawn awakens the soul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I had an incredible opportunity to stay overnight in the Pilgrims Lodge and I had the most amazing experiences that I could hardly imagine. I was visiting Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and I was asked if I wanted to spend the night at the monastery but I had no idea what to expect.
I was met by my guide ( a nun of 30+ years) who was most incredible as a guide and mentor for my short time here. She invited me to dawn chanting and I was able to participate (nervously) and witness first hand the dedication of the nuns, monks and pilgrims.
Breakfast in the Great Hall was an incredible opportunity to see how others live, rules and routines explained in detail by my mentor.
If you get the chance also visit the Buddha Memorial Center, a wonderful blend of tradition and modern technology.

Visited December 2012
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

It's worth the visit. The place is huge and beautiful. To go there by E-DA bus from Zuoying HSR station, the bus itself stop at E-Da world first and charge you NTD 37 and another NTD 29 to go to Fo Guang Shan since this place is up the hill farther. We only went for 2hr since we didn't get a chance to go to Memorial hall which is one stop after monastery stop. Yes, we were too lazy and and chose to go to E-DA outlet instead since evening was approaching.

Visited January 2013
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“Large and modern”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The architecture was impressive. Huge. Clean.
It's a Buddhist temple so being a place of worship, can't comment much.

Visited December 2012
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“New Buddha Memorial Hall is a surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We first got here through the E-DA bus that is right outside the Zuoying HSR station and leaves every 30 mins. It will take around 30 to 45 minutes for the bus to reach Fo Guang Shan Memorial Hall. At first glance from outside its entrance, it looks like any other temple, but oh my, were we in for a surprise when we entered it. It was a mini-shopping mall in itself, complete with 7-Eleven and Starbucks Coffee! There is also a vegetarian buffet restaurant if you are hungry.

Walk on further and you will see the big Buddha statue, while 4 big pagodas line up the walkways to the Buddha statue. It is certainly a long walk to the Buddha statue, but is definitely worth the effort. Once inside the Buddha statue, there are numerous exhibits about Buddhist artifacts and on the Buddha's life, and other smaller Buddhist statues. There's even a 4D cinema screening in the hall itself.

For the elderly, or if you are just very tired after walking many steps around the whole place, there's free golf carts to ferry you between the Buddha statue and the hall. I would suggest to take your time to walk around the whole place, and it would also be good to pair this up with the nearby E-Da Mall if you have the time.

Visited December 2012
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“New memorial center is breathtaking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

More than a days worth to see. The new memorial complex includes a welcoming center that offers several shops and food options from snacks to dining. Overwhelming site to see as soon as you enter the courtyard! Lots of choices within the eight pagodas on the path towards the main/central museum. Plenty of photo ops throughout the grounds. Take time to visit the neighboring Fo Guan Shan monetary and Temple, a short shuttle ride away with additional dining options. You don't need to be Buddhist to appreciate this amazing site, well worth the trip from Taipei!

Visited December 2011
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